Tasia stood behind the shattered resonator, watching the Facility craft. Its contextual drives thrummed, ringing musically as Facility Arbiter Beol and his odd crew pulled away from the ruined structures.
Fools. She couldn't help a sharp smile.
Taking off are they? The thoughts carried more than a bit of scorn. So they took the bait.
From their perspective, the resonators are destroyed. Our enforcers were killed or driven away. The natives are saved.
Tasia stepped out of hiding. As the Adryft engaged engines, she quickly strode back into the shelter of the compound.
I suppose the Unity is pleased, he linked.
The Unity is pleased, she confirmed. The Ts'kekegoth never believed that the Facility would send an Arbitor all the way out here.
The T'skekegoth don't understand the Facility.
That's apparent. She stepped past a malfunctioning transponder. Sparks streamed scarlet from its surface. Now what?
Simple enough, Tasia sent. What about you? What's next in your grand scheme?
Next I align the trans-com. I need to speak with Rebecca Thorne. She's within the topiatic realm of Æsidryl just now.
Æsidryl? Tasia wrinkled her nose. What do you need Thorne for?
Isn't it obvious? Jonathan Crowe chuckled. I need to tell her that Michael Bishop is coming..
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